Seeing Florida by Car

 green01   October 3, 2012
North America

The state of Florida is an incredibly attractive destination for millions of tourists each year, thanks to the warm weather and countless beaches. Tourists also come to Florida in droves to visit amusement parks like Disneyworld, SeaWorld and Universal Studios Orlando. Plenty of people come to chill out in beach resort towns as well. All of these tourist options are quite nice, but if you’re interested in getting to see Florida outside of all its tourist traps and highly commercialized properties – to see the real Florida in its wild untamed natural beauty – then you should consider taking a road trip and seeing Florida by car. Here are some nice routes to consider when planning your Floridian road trip.

Apalachee Savannahs Scenic Byway

Ochlockonee meets Apalachee Bay

Ochlockonee meets Apalachee Bay – Source

The Apalachee Savannahs Scenic byway is a 32 mile long two lane paved highway located in the northwest part of the state. The byway runs quite close to the Apalachicola River and starts nine miles south of Bristol, Florida. The route follows several preexisting highways including State Road 12 and State Road 65. Driving down this byway you’ll get to see the nature and greenery of the Deep South; the warm wetlands, beautiful wildflowers, sloughs and creeks, pine forests and cypress bogs. You can camp or hook up your RV at one of the numerous campsites along the byway. There are plenty of hunting and fishing opportunities along the byway.

Everglades National Park East Entrance to Flamingo Scenic Drive

Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park – Source

You can take in the natural beauty of the famous Everglades National Park while driving on an 80 mile paved highway within the park itself. While on this drive, you’ll pass by all kinds of fauna and flora. There are pinewood forests and sawgrass prairies, mangrove swamps and subtropical jungles. You’ll be able to see alligators, turtles, large birds, white tailed deer, bats, and bobcats, just to name a few of the residents of this park. Along the way, you can take canoe and tram rides, check out the visitor centers and scenic overlooks, fish, hike and go on boat trips.

Cedar Key to Manatee Springs State Park Scenic Drive

Manatee Springs State Park

Manatee Springs State Park – Source

This 41.5 mile scenic drive starts out in the city of Cedar Key, which is located on an island off the western coast of Florida. As you make your way to Manatee Springs State Park to the north, you’ll drive through a national wildlife refuge filled with all kinds of scenery including pine uplands, coastal marshes and river wetlands. On this drive, you will have the chance to visit places like the Cedar Key State Museum, Shell Mound Archaeological Site and Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge. Activities along the way include kayaking, fishing, crabbing, biking and birding.

Guest blogger Ryan Embly writes for the car rental website Car Rental Express. They provide cheap car rentals in Florida and other locations all across the United States.

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